Rick rocks into Wood­bridge Pri­mary

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy

SOME­TIMES things just don’t go ac­cord­ing to plan.

De­spite solid prepa­ra­tion and a good feel­ing among the boys go­ing into last week’s game against Hawthorn, it just didn’t hap­pen for us on game day.

There was a re­ally good feel­ing among the boys lead­ing into the game and we were ex­cited about the prospect of get­ting back and play­ing at the MCG.

But Hawthorn were just too good for us.

They beat us in the key facets of the game, sim­i­lar to the grand fi­nal last year, and beat us by the same mar­gin.

That was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing to say the least, but all we can do is go over the game through the nor­mal re­view process, learn from it and use it to get bet­ter.

The good thing about footy is that you get an­other op­por­tu­nity next week and that means a derby at home against the Dock­ers.

It is a pretty big game for both clubs as we look to get back into the pos­i­tive and Freo search for their first win.

There’s al­ways plenty of heat in der­bies and this will be no ex­cep­tion.

For a cou­ple of our guys it will be their first ex­pe­ri­ence in a derby, even for a cou­ple of ma­ture play­ers like Jack Red­den and Lewis Jetta who have just be­gun their ca­reers at the club af­ter mov­ing across from Bris­bane and Syd­ney re­spec­tively.

I’m sure they will en­joy the build-up and their first look at the unique ri­valry be­tween the two Perth clubs. STU­DENTS at Wood­bridge Pri­mary School, near Mid­land, were treated to a visit from West Coast Ea­gles mas­cot Rick the Rock as the Ea­gles in the Com­mu­nity team kicked off 2016 school vis­its.

Given the visit came just af­ter the Ea­gles’ mas­sive round 1 win over Bris­bane, there were plenty of happy West Coast Ea­gles fans in the au­di­ence, all ea­ger to hear Rick’s mes­sages about the im­por­tance of goal set­ting and what kids can do to reach their goals.

For­mer West Coast player Bradd Dalziell, who is now the club’s schools and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, joined Rick in pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise and healthy eat­ing, as well as the im­por­tance of strong friend­ships and re­li­a­bil­ity.

“The kids love Rick. He re­ally helps them un­der­stand our mes­sages and adds a bit of fun to the pre­sen­ta­tion,” Dalziell said.

“We haven’t been to Wood­bridge Pri­mary be­fore so this was a great way to kick off our 2016 vis­its.”

The stu­dents will be in for an­other treat in a cou­ple of weeks when West Coast play- ers head back to the school to re­in­force the pro­gram mes­sages.

The ‘Ea­gles Rock My School’ pro­gram vis­its more than 250 schools each year, reach­ing more than 50,000 stu­dents and their teach­ers an­nu­ally to com­mu­ni­cate many pos­i­tive mes­sages through Aus­tralia’s favourite game: football.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles.

Year 4 stu­dent James Townsend arm-wres­tles Rick the Rock dur­ing the Ea­gles in the Com­mu­nity visit to Wood­bridge Pri­mary School.

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